& # 39; I would do it again if I know what happened & # 39 ;: Mako Vunipola insists that he has no regrets about the deal with Nigel Wray that led to the Saracens scandal
- £ 450,000 was given to Vuniprop – a company owned by the Vunipola brothers
- It contributed to Saracens being demoted as prime minister
- Mako Vunipola claims that he would not do so despite doing something else
Mako Vunipola insists he does not regret his business transactions with Nigel Wray that led to Saracens exceeding the salary limit.
The English prop was mentioned in the 103-page report that confirmed that £ 450,000 was given to Vuniprop – a company owned by the Vunipola brothers – to buy a house.
It helped that Saracens were banned from being a prime minister, but even with the future of the club in turmoil, Vunipola claims that he would not have done anything else.
& # 39; V don't regret us at all & # 39 ;, said the English prop. & # 39; That is not small not to care about what happened to the club, but more because our careers are short and I want to look a little ahead. If I had the choice to do it again, I would do it again, knowing what happened.
"Nigel offered us the opportunity and as rugby players our careers are not that long. Any chance that can help or sort a bit of our future after rugby, we are more than willing to look at it. That was our idea when we first invested in Nigel and that has not changed. & # 39;
Although nothing has been signed yet, Vunipola (right) is planning to stay in the championship with Saracens next year. He is already based in the English team and plans to participate in a sabbatical before the Lions tour.
& # 39; I'm pretty lucky to be a little older than some boys, & # 39; said Vunipola. "I have been in and around the English camp. I would say that most coaches here know what I can bring, while some guys have to play on the edge to the highest standard they can.
& # 39; Some things must happen before I can say that I & # 39; stay sure, but hopefully it will be sorted earlier rather than later. & # 39;
Vunipola says entering the English camp was a welcome distraction from the unrest in the club. He was dropped for defeat by France, but returned to Scotland and is now preparing for Ireland in Twickenham next week.
& # 39; Being here with England is actually nice to get rid of it a bit, & # 39; said Vunipola. & # 39; Ireland is always tough. We want to prove that we are still one of the best teams in the world and that we have to beat the best teams. & # 39;
Watford boss Nigel Pearson calls on his players to hold on to their nerves as he looks forward to unleashing his FIFTH major escape
- Watford manager Nigel Pearson has emphasized that his team must keep their nerves
- The Hornets dropped more points on Saturday when they drew 1-1 with Brighton
- Pearson has experience helping teams to survive and feel he can do it again
When Nigel Pearson talks about what it takes successful in the fight against degradation, he does so from a position of considerable knowledge.
Pearson was in charge of Carlisle and signed Jimmy Glass, the goalkeeper whose dramatic last-day goal against Plymouth kept the Cumbrians in the Football League in 1999.
Three years later, he held Southampton in the championship thanks to a victory on the last day against Sheffield United.
Pearson & # 39; s most recent survival act, with Leicester, is well documented, comes a year before their unforgettable 2016 Premier League title triumph.
Pearson laid the foundation by repeating the performances of which he was a part of West Brom and bringing Leicester to safety after being in the last position on Christmas Day.
The key to every achievement? "We all have to keep our courage," Pearson said. "We must all ensure that our disappointment with negative experiences does not have a harmful effect because things can change very quickly. Whether it is related to a relegation battle or it has to do with holding on to your nerves to eventually win something.
& # 39; If you can stay in control as well as possible, you have a better chance. & # 39;
Pearson makes it a hat trick when Watford stays up, because the Hornets were also in 20th place at Christmas – and a fifth Great Escape overall.
After experiencing his appointment at the beginning of December, making Watford & # 39; s survival a formality, the results are now leading.
They have none of their last four games and threw eight points away from winning positions in the last three. At Brighton, Adrian Mariappa's late own goal denied them the victory after Abdoulaye Doucoure fired Watford in the first half.
Now comes the nerve test.
Pearson emphasizing the importance of staying in control may seem to be at odds with parts of his public persona.
In addition to their successful relegation battle, his time in Leicester is also remembered for an argument with James McArthur of Crystal Palace, the infamous & ostrich & # 39; spit with a journalist and told a fan about & # 39; go away and die & # 39 ;.
But that Pearson is very different from the one described as & # 39; a top, real guy & # 39; by a former colleague who made life at Watford fun again and comes across as incredibly measured and level.
His focus on the qualities of his players as people and also footballers also defied the perception.
& # 39; The human traits will be very important to us, & # 39; he said. "We believe we have the players with the options. What we need are our qualities as people to shine through.
"Humility. Humour. Honesty. Trust. Sound values. In the workplace, I think they are very important features. & # 39;
Brighton had to show their bottle this season to adhere to their property-based style, while it would be easy to dive into the glamor of the stands. and abandon it.
On occasions against Watford, they were so close to taking one risk too much, but were eventually rewarded with a point. While trying to keep Brighton away from danger, manager Graham Potter insisted that everything will not be stylish.
He said: "We must not let them do what they do not feel comfortable with. But at the same time, we believe in how we want to win football matches. I felt today that we were unlucky not to win. But there was a lot to be positive about. "
Nigel Pearson urges Watford stars to share goals, as Captain Troy Deeney bears most of the responsibility for Hornets
- Watford manager Nigel Pearson wants to enjoy the target pressure on Troy Deeney
- The Hornets have struggled for goals this season with 23 goals in 25 games
- The back- to-back losses for Aston Villa and Everton are lagging Watford & # 39; s progress
Manager Nigel Pearson wants to enjoy the target pressure on captain Troy Deeney in The battle of Watford for the survival of the Premier League.
But Watford has found the back of the net only 23 times out of their 25 games this term, only one more than Crystal Palace who have the worst record in the division.
And in anticipation of his crucial collision with Brighton, that his Pearson is also planning to save their top status and would like to help Deeney's teammates.
& # 39; Talked to Everton after the game last weekend, and it was so after we also faced Spurs, they were very enthusiastic about how annoying Troy is to play against, "Pearson said.
"What you have to remember with someone like Troy is that he is a very difficult customer. He is someone who scores goals and his record is very good, but moreover he is also game-effective when I think of how he occupies more than one player at a time.
& # 39; But the bottom line is that we have to find goals in the entire team. You have to accept that players put themselves in scoring positions, and Troy generally does that.
& # 39; But we must find ways in which other people can contribute, and that is an ongoing process to which we are trying to find the answers. & # 39;
The successive defeats against Aston Villa and Everton have sucked Watford back into the drop zone and she will go to the Amex Stadium for the late kick-off of Saturday two points and two places drifting for safety.
Tyrone Mings struck in the fifth minute stopping time to win all three points for Villa in January, while Theo Walcott scored at death to complete a 3-2 comeback win for 10-man Everton at Vicarage Road last weekend.
& # 39; I don't want to make anything out of nothing, & # 39; Pearson said about the late goals his side has admitted.
& These things can happen sometimes. We have seen them exceptionally well in other games.
& # 39; I am sure we will also find ways to win games with a late goal. It's how you handle that.
& # 39; There are probably more errors in the Premier League than other competitions in Europe where there is slightly more controlled possession and it is slower.
& # 39; Of course it's not nice if it happens to you, but I could waste a lot of energy by putting more pressure on the players by pointing out something they are keenly aware of. & # 39;
Nigel Pearson is challenging but collapse against Everton opens Watford's old wounds lose second game on the spider
- Watford boss Nigel Pearson was challenging despite Watford & # 39; s collapse versus Everton
- Pearson did not agree that Watford showed naivety for Theo Walcott & # 39; s winner
- The 3 -2 defeat opened old wounds for Watford, which are in 19th place in the table
& # 39; A goal for us is now a tragedy, even if we control the game. & # 39; Those were the words of Quique Sanchez Flores on November 30.
That night Flores looked into the guts of a dark, damp St. Mary and sounded like a man on his way to the gallows.
Two months later so much has changed. Watford is no longer passionate, no longer deprived of confidence. Optimism has grown under Nigel Pearson.
And yet, on the last whistle on Saturday, the familiar feeling of disbelief wiped Vicarage Road. Against Everton, Watford lost a lead of two goals in three minutes.
Like St. Mary, they had complete control, following goals from Adam Masina and Roberto Pereyra.
However, Watford broke off in an instant when the support of Yerry Mina turned the game around. By the time Theo Walcott won late, the home team had lost their form and lost their way.
Even a red card for Fabians Delph from Everton worked against Watford – they pressed for a counter and called for a winner. Everton accepted the invitation.
Flores' assessment of Watford's vulnerability felt prescient. "Exceptionally disappointing," Pearson admitted.
"Playing the first 44 minutes very positively and then entering 2-2 was very frustrating. We lost again at death when we had the chance to better manage the ball, better manage the game and we didn't. & # 39;
The Watford boss was so happy to talk that Carlo Ancelotti was left outside – much to the annoyance of the Italian.
And for the most part Pearson was challenging. "I am prepared for people who go over the top when things go well, and now," he said, and dismissed suggestions that the introduction of Isaac Success had disrupted the form of Watford.
He disagreed with his side and turned out to be naive to expose himself to the Walcott winner. It was a legitimate question. And many more will follow. Pearson may have been the victim of his early success, but the plasters he applied to the Watford wounds seem to be coming off.
After five undefeated games, his side went four without a win. It is degradation form. The next step is a collision with Brighton. They cannot afford a new "tragedy".
& # 39; They must take their medication & # 39 ;: Sports Minister Nigel Adams praises Premiership Rugby for downgrading Saracens over salary limit scandal
Minister of Sport Nigel Adams has taken the Premiership decision Rugby supported to degrade Saracens – and believes that the salary cap scandal has ruined the feel-good factor generated by the World Cup run of England. report with an overview of their spending offenses was published earlier on Thursday.
The government had previously silenced the case, which a few days after England lost the World Cup Final to South Africa when club's dominating rugby power got 35 points and received £ 5.4 million after an evaluation of their misconduct.
But when he spoke Sportsmail during a visit to the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield, Mr. Adams slammed the behavior of Saracens. "After the highlights of England & # 39; s gigs in Japan, to come back to this, it is hugely disappointing when some of our best rugby players play for this club," he said.
& # 39; It is absolutely true that the premiership has taken the action it has taken. Saracens deserve every punishment they receive from the Premiership and are relegated. They have to take their medication.
& # 39; It sends a very clear message to all clubs. It is a wake-up call. Sport must be a level playing field or it is not a sport. What Saracens have done over the past three years, they did not play on a level playing field. It makes no sense to have rules if they are not observed. Saracens have paid the price and rightly so. & # 39;
After the Saracens scandal, Premiership Rugby announced a review of their salary limit schemes led by former minister Lord Myners. Mr. Adams added: "I think it is absolutely right that the Premiership is going to carry out an assessment.
" It is absolutely crucial that if you have a set of rules, you must abide by them. It is good that they judge that and involve all clubs. It has been a very sad period and it is something the game must learn from and correct. & # 39;
& # 39; He probably treated me like a man for the first time since Dyche & # 39 ;: Troy Deeney praises Nigel Pearson's management as the best of Watford & 12 managers since Sean Dyche in 2012
- ] Troy Deeney said boss Nigel Pearson treats him like a man, unlike other bosses
- Watford earned 13 points from a possible 18 since Pearson took the lead
- The Hornets were 10 points out of safety but have now climbed out of danger
- The captain Watford said that Pearson's man management of players was the key
Troy Deeney has praised the impact Nigel Pearson has made since the acquisition at Watford and said he was the first manager to treat him like a man since Sean Dyche was in charge.
The Hornets were 10 points out of safety when the 56-year-old took over, but are now one point above the relegation zone after taking a notable 13 points from a possible 18.
Both Experts like journalists have attributed Pearson's old school approach as the reason for Watford's renewed power on the field, but Deeney believes it comes much more down to the relationships he has with every player in his short time as a manager has laid.
(Given that Pearson is old-fashioned) & # 39; That does him a bad service, his views are more based on people than in a certain style & # 39 ;, Deeney said in an interview with BT Sport.
& # 39; There is not one person who has not improved since he is here. I like that he has made everyone part of this, no nonsense. He is a manager. & # 39;
A key to their recovery in form is the return of an injury to striker and captain Deeney, who seems refreshed by the management style of the former Leicester boss to treat him as a man for the first time since Sean Dyche was manager in 2012.
& # 39; He has been fantastic to me, he has probably treated me like the first time since Sean Dyche … full confidence, in terms of & # 39 ; I'm going to tell you the truth & # 39 ;.
Watford has achieved an incredible 13 points out of a possible 18 since he was in charge of the club got
] The club had an incredible 12 managers since the now-Burnley boss left the club, and Deeney feels that although many were tactically good managers, Pearson is the first to deal with him since in the way he responds best.
& # 39; We've had coaches, really good coaches who work well on the grass, but sometimes you need that straightforward manager who will oversee everything in the club. & # 39;
Pearson is the third manager of the Hertfordshire club of the season after firing Javi Gracia in September and replacing him with former boss Quique Sanchez Flores, who himself lost his job in December with the club bottom after only one win in 10 matches.
Deeney scored four goals in five games, but was injured for a large part of Flores & # 39; unfortunate tenure, and the striker wondered if the appointment of the Spaniard was the right appointment for the position where they were.
& # 39; Was it the right berry lissing? You should say no after what happened. We probably lost ten games out of nostalgia, we were on the bottom.
& # 39; We are doing a lot this year, but you could say that we are on the right track now. Who knows where we can end up? & # 39;
Watford hopes to march further away from the relegation zone against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, with a win that gives them a chance to come to 14th place in the table.
IMPORTANT TALK TACTICS: Nigel Pearson has the formula to become Harry Houdini of Watford – just look at Leicester & # 39; s Great Escape of 2015
- Nigel Pearson is the perfect man to lead Watford away from the bottom three
- The Hornets must be at their best if they want to defeat Tottenham on Saturday
- Pearson has produced the new manager bounce expected from Jose Mourinho
- Pearson & Leicester's side won seven of their last nine games to survive in 2015
It's March 21, 2015. Leicester has just lost 4-3 to Tottenham and sit at the bottom of the Premier League seven points out of safety. Harry Kane helped himself with a hat trick and it looks bleak for Nigel Pearson.
But unbelievably, seven wins, one draw and one defeat of nine games later, Leicester are safe. This great escape was Harry Houdini-like. The players suddenly knew what that winning feeling was and they introduced it the following season when they became English champions.
Without Pearson, who lost his job due to off-field issues, Leicester would probably have been relegated and the 5,000-1 title win would never have happened.
On Saturday, he faces Tottenham again in the midst of another revival, this time as Watford's manager.
A Premier League table since Pearson was in charge of the Hornets places them third, after four wins from six games.
They enjoy the jump we expected from Tottenham under Jose Mourinho, who won only five of his 10 games, with one draw and four defeats. At this rate, Watford shoo-ins seem to survive, and I see similarities between them and the Leicester side of 2014-15.
Pearson likes nuisance during attacks. He had Jamie Vardy and now he has Troy Deeney. He had two high-quality wingers in Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton and now he has Ismaila Sarr and Gerard Deulofeu, both of whom appear in shape. Christian Kabasele and Craig Cathcart – both 6ft 2in – offer a solid base at the back, just like Wes Morgan would do alongside Robert Huth or Marcin Wasilewski.
Under Watford's previous management, you saw their entire backs fly forward to fill the gaps in their 4-2-2-2 formation.
Pearson has limited that – he uses 4-2-3-1 and has told them to focus on protecting their purpose, in the first place. Adrian Mariappa and Kiko Femenia, right and left behind, do that now. Midfield duo Etienne Capoue and Nathaniel Chalobah also cover their defense, while Abdoulaye Doucoure goes from subject to subject.
With Craig Shakespeare back by his side, Pearson lets these players fight for him. He looks them in the eyes and doesn't mess.
As Deeney recently said: & # 39; For the first time in eight years I have been treated like a real man. & # 39;
Having someone like the captain of Watford is great when it comes to dressing room politics.
Pearson also forced a lot of trust from Vardy, and he started leading Leicester in their title triumph.
N & Golo Kante was signed in the summer of 2015 – and what an addition he was found by Pearson's trusted lieutenant Steve Walsh – but the winners of Leicester were already largely there.
This is a manager who knows how to handle rough diamonds. Despite their previous struggles, Watford has had enough. They reached the FA Cup final, but were defeated by Manchester City 6-0, while Tottenham lost in the Champions League final.
Neither party seemed to recover from defeats on their big days, but Pearson is now bringing Watford back together.
Watford boss Nigel Pearson insists that hard work & far from & # 39; is despite the fact that he has taken his side from the relegation zone after a remarkable run since he took the lead
- Nigel Pearson has insisted that Watford still have a lot of work to do on it
- Pearson pulled Watford out of the Premier League relegation zone
- Only Liverpool and Man City have more points than Watford since he
- Pearson said: & # 39; We have given ourselves a realistic chance to stay up, but that's it & # 39;
Nigel Pearson has warned that hard work is not over in Watford despite the club's removal from the Premier League drop zone.
The Hornets host Tottenham on Vicarage Road during Saturday's lunch as one of the top-flight & # 39; s in-form teams.
The Hornets were doomed to the championship after a miserable start to the campaign and the layoffs of both Javi Gracia and Quique Sanchez Flores.
But Pearson, the architect of Leicester & # 39; s Great Escape in 2015, has turned the club's fortune.
Watford was 10 points away from safety when he took over in December, but is now one point and one place above the relegation zone before Spurs' visit.
But Pearson, who has installed a newly found discipline in Watford, has his team, they should not take their form for granted.
& # 39; I feel that some people may think that the hard work is over, but it certainly isn't, & # 39; said Pearson.
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& # 39; We've given ourselves the most realistic opportunity, but that's all it is.
& # 39; I am happy to be back in the Premier League and enjoy the challenge. But I'm also a realist, so I'm definitely not in a situation where I feel comfortable.
& # 39; I know there will be setbacks along the way and we have to be able to deal with the setbacks
Watford will climb to the 14th as they defeat a party going to the game on Saturday with only one win from their previous five league matches.
Harry Kane remains absent for Tottenham who have won only one of their last seven league games without their influential marksman.
& # 39; Of course there is a possibility to win, & # 39; said Pearson, who could hand over a debut to Ignacio Pussetto after his £ 7 million arrival from Udinese this week.
& # 39; It is that we concentrate on our own game plan and ensure that we understand what our opponents are about and that we play as close as possible to us. If we do that, we get the chance. The work we have done in recent weeks and the results that we have achieved are due to the application and attitude of the players.
Yes, we have some good individuals, but the collective, team spirit and work ethic are excellent. That is the most important thing for us. & # 39;
Nigel Wray & # 39; s formal relationship with Saracens is over former chairman resigns as club director and hands over his shares to his children
- Thursday it was announced that Nigel Wray resigned as a director of Saracens and the parent company Premier Team Holdings
- Wray's ownership has been transferred to the Accumulation & Maintenance Trust of Edna Wray
- Wray & Children Lucy and Joseph are the two main beneficiaries of the trust
Nigel Wray has broken all formal ties with Saracens and handed his shares to his children in the light of the salary ceiling scandal. Holdings.
The multi-millionaire has been looking for co-investment since 2018 and according to the I newspaper he is willing to sell at least half of his property.
Nigel Wray has resigned as Saracens director and his parent company Premier Team Holdings
Despite taking a step back, Wray & # 39; s family remains heavily involved and the club will continue to bank.
CEO Ed Griffiths told Thursday evening Sportsmail : The Wray family has always been committed to Saracens and remain so. & # 39;
The latest files from the Companies House show that the ownership of Wray has been transferred to the Accumulation & Maintenance Trust of Edna Wray Grandchildren.
Wray & # 39; s children, Lucy, who are on the sign of Saracens and Joseph, the two gentlemen are not beneficiaries of the trust.
Wray's decision is the latest development in the consequences of the violation of the salary limit that has shocked the sport.
In November, Saracens were fined £ 5.36 million and recorded 35 points after a Sportsmail investigation led to the investigation.
Wray & # 39; s investment activities with star players, including Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje, formed the basis of the Premiership Rugby investigation.
The premiership and the European champions are preparing for their wage slip to prevent a new violation of the cap.
Lion star Liam Williams has already confirmed his exit, while England's Lock George Cross is also investigating the option of moving abroad.
Flumers Calum Clark and Michael Rhodes can also be released as a mat for urgency, while prop Juan FIgallo could also be part of the exodus.
If Clark, Figallo and Rhodes went out quickly, Saracens could reduce an estimated £ 800,000 from their wage bill in an attempt to reach the £ 7m ceiling.
& # 39; I don't apologize for it & # 39 ;: Watford boss Nigel Pearson has no room for sentiment prior to the FA Cup third round replay against Tranche because he gives priority to Premier League survival
- Watford boss Nigel Pearson has no regrets about prioritizing league survival
- Pearson is set to let key players rest for FA Cup third round replay versus Tranmere
- Troy Deeney among those who will be equipped prior to collision with Tottenham |
The Hornets will fight the Sky Bet League One side for a second time this month after the original January 4 meeting ended at 3-3.
A much-changed Watford XI – including several edge players and debutants – left a three-goal lead two weeks ago and they will take on Prenton Park to decide who Manchester United or Wolves accommodates in the fourth round.
Watford & # 39; s Nigel Pearson has no regrets about prioritizing league survival over an FA Cup run
Pearson reached the FA Cup final as a Middlesbrough player in 1997 , but, after playing at Bournemouth on Sunday and coming home with a home game against Tottenham, he has little choice but to rotate his team.
& # 39; I get paid to make decisions based on what's good for our club & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; I can't be sentimental. I have always been someone who likes to play in cupruns, but I am a manager, so my role is different.
& # 39; My role is to make decisions based on the schedule for our week. We played Sunday, we play Tuesday and we got away with managing our way through the Christmas period, which was very hectic.Pearson emphasizes that it is important for his players to recover recover after the victory over Bournemouth
"The demands of the game are now incredibly high and the work rate of the players in Bournemouth was incredible, so we need to get the recovery right and make sure we are ready before the game on Saturday.
"This is where other players get opportunities. I do not apologize for it and I do not apologize for it.
& # 39; Did I say that, do I respect cup competitions? Of course I do, but it has nothing to do with still being able to make decisions based on what I believe and what we believe if a club is right for us. It is clear that Premier League security is of the utmost importance. & # 39;
Pearson insists that Watford had not played many matches at Christmas, he would have played more first-team players for the first band with Rovers on Vicarage Road.]Watford captain Troy Deeney is one of the players who stays behind against Tranmere
Ben Foster, Etienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney were equipped and are expected to miss Tuesday's game.
He said: & # 39; Behind a very hectic Christmas period there was none I ever went the same way and we went up 3-0. We should have won the game, but we didn't succeed. is simple in my mind.
& # 39; I am no longer a player, I am quite a bit older than when I played and yes, the climate of what is considered important is very different from the 1980s and 1990s
& # 39; You must also remember the financial implications of losing Premier League status. That's what the lake comes down to. & # 39;